Washington School: January Issue 2018
Letter from Mrs. Daly
Dear Washington Families,
This is the time of year for gratitude. I always take time to reflect on what a very lucky woman I am. I am the principal of the great-est school around! I know darn well, that the reason that Washington is so amazing is because of the magical mix of all of you:
- The staff is the very best around. These teachers work endlessly to bring your children the very best education possible.
- The parents work in so many ways to make Washington a great place. You show up to field trips, volunteer in the classrooms, help at PTO events, volunteer for Pizza Day, and do so much more to make sure that the children know how much you love them! You make sure that our staff knows how much we are appreciated too!
- The children of course! You send us the very best kids to educate!
THANK YOU to all the generous families who participated in our Washington Cares Tree initiative. Due to your support, we were able to fulfill the holiday wishes of many Washington families. All children received items from their "need" as well as their "want" lists. We were also able to give each family gift cards to assist in their holiday meals.
As in years past, when we notified you of your community's needs, you exceeded all expectations. It is a privilege to be associated with such caring individuals.
Thank you again for your ongoing support of our Washington Community.
I wish you a happy holiday season. Happy New Year!
Drop off and Pick up Safety Reminders
Parent Teacher Book Club - Duct Tape Parenting by Vicki Hoefle
There's a new set of 3Rs for our kids-respect, responsibility, and resilience-to better prepare them for life in the real world. Once developed, these skills let kids take charge, and let parents step back, to the benefit of all. Casting hover mothers and helicopter parents aside, Vicki Hoefle encourages a different, counter-intuitive-yet much more effective-approach: for parents to sit on their hands, stay on the sidelines, even if duct tape is required, so that the kids step up. Duct Tape Parenting gives parents a new perspective on what it means to be effective, engaged parents and to enable kids to develop confidence through solving their own problems. This is not a book about the parenting strategy of the day-what the author calls "Post-It Note Parenting"-but rather a relationship-based guide to span all ages and stages of development. Witty, straight-shooting Hoefle addresses frustrated parents everywhere who are ready to raise confident, capable children to go out in the world.
Looking forward to this opportunity for staff and parents to discuss this book to help all of our students become respectful, responsible, and resilient kids!!!
Amazon Smile. Did you know that you can earn money for Washington PTO by shopping on amazon? #StartWithaSmile at smile.amazon.com/ch/35-2298679 for your holiday gifts and Amazon donates to Washington School PTO.
January SEL Update: Kindness Matters
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District Mission Statement
Elective Night at Lincoln - Calling all 5th Graders
Who: Students who will be enrolled at Lincoln during the 2018-2019 school year and their families
What: Lincoln's Elective Night (formerly Open House)
When: Thursday, January 18, 2018; current 5th grade families meet in the Gym from 6:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. for a special presentation; 5th, 6th, and 7th grade families are welcome to walk through the entire building from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Why: Please visit to learn more about Lincoln's engaging and unique elective program! Visit classrooms and learning spaces to meet teachers and see materials, equipment, instruments, student work, and even some live demonstrations. Current Lincoln students will be submitting their course selection forms for the next school year by the end of the month, so this event is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the fantastic options available before ranking top choices.